Goldsmiths, University of London Courses

The typical credit load is 16 for the fall and spring terms and 32 for the full academic year.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online preferences form.

Special Considerations

Assessment method(s) for classes may be indicated in the study abroad catalog, or on the course syllabus. Methods vary between essay, examination, project work, or a combination.

  • You must take examinations attached to their classes whenever the exam is scheduled during the period of study.
  • Because exams typically take place in May and June for all courses, fall-only study abroad students will be assessed by coursework or other requirements prior to departure in December.
  • Spring exams are usually held throughout the months of May and June, after the month-long spring break. Exam timetables will not be released until the middle or end of the semester.

Course and Department Restrictions


  • Classes fill up quickly.
  • Apply early or check course options in related departments.


  • Students wishing to take courses in Design will be required to take all of their courses within the Design department.

Studio Arts

  • Studio Arts: enrollment is for a full academic year only.
  • Only register for FA51012A Fine Art (32 credits).
  • Concentrations in: drawing, painting, film, installation, performance, photography, printed and constructed textiles, printmaking, sculpture, video or a combination.

Choosing Your Courses

Refer to the credit translation scale below.

U.K. University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
15 4
30 8

Please view the Goldsmiths Course Catalog for course offerings and descriptions.

When selecting courses, it is important to pay attention to course levels and pre-requisites. UK undergraduate degrees are 3-year programs in which students do not typically take modules (courses) outside of their major. The module catalog categorizes modules into levels based on the year the module is taught in the degree. There is a general progression from Year 1 to Year 3, although it is not equivalent to the more strict delineation of 100, 200, 300, 400 level courses, as is common in the United States.

You can choose modules from all three years if you meet the pre-requisite(s) listed in the module description; however, you should be aware that Goldsmiths degree students in Year 2 and Year 3 of their degree have taken a significant number of modules in that department.

Special Nomenclature & Enrollment Process

Goldsmiths registers you in classes you select in your academic preferences form; it is important that you list one alternate for every preferred course totaling eight courses. It can be difficult to change course preferences, and there is limited course availability after the application deadline. Your Program Manager will likely be able to provide your course schedule prior to arrival.

Note that course codes are not publicly available on Goldsmiths’ Course Catalog. Simply enter“GOLD” where a course code is required in your academic preferences form.


Portfolio for Studio Art and Design

  • You must submit a digital portfolio including at least 10 examples of recent original work relevant to what you will be studying.
    • Include the size and media of each piece along with any notes to clarify the content as well as any other information you think might be relevant.
  • You can submit the portfolio electronically or mail in a CD/DVD directly to your Program Manager. Contact your Program Manager for more details.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Description U.S. Equivalent
70 - 100% First Class A
60 - 69% Second Class Upper B+
50 - 59% Second Class Lower B
40 - 49% Third Class / Pass C
0 - 39% Fail F
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